The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to burn their roster to the ground before their hopes of competing for one final title go up in smoke.
Just minutes after shipping out disgruntled guard Isaiah Thomas in a blockbuster with the Lakers that returns scorer Jordan Clarkson and versatile big man Larry Nance Jr., the Cavaliers continued blowing things up before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
In the span of an hour, they acquired Jazz guard Rodney Hood and Kings guard George Hill. They dealt away former champion Dwyane Wade, as well as old friend Jae Crowder. Playing well below championship level in what could be LeBron James’ final season with with his hometown team, the Cavs have decided to go for broke. To recap a dizzying couple of hours, the Cavs:
— Traded Thomas, Channing Frye, and a No. 1 pick to the Lakers for Clarkson and Nance. Rob Bradford has you covered on that one.
— Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs then swung a three-team deal with Sacramento and Utah that brings desperately needed help to the backcourt. Cleveland acquired Hood from the Jazz and point guard George Hill from the Kings, with Iman Shumpert going to Sacramento, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose going to Utah, and Joe Johnson moving from the Jazz to Kings.
— The Cavaliers ditched Wade, sending the veteran back home to Miami for what Wojnarowski reported is a heavily protected second-round pick.
So what does all this mean? By shedding the underachieving Thomas and Crowder, Cleveland should improve on both ends of the floor. Neither player lived up to his advanced billing after joining the Cavs in last August’s Kyrie Irving trade, which looks like a mammoth home run for the Celtics.
The 6-foot-8 Hood will bring scoring and defensive versatility, while Hill leads the NBA in 3-point shooting (.453) and is only a year removed from resurrecting his career in Utah, though he’s averaging just 10 points a game thus far. Clarkson and Nance are both 25. The former has averaged nearly 20 points a game off the bench during L.A.’s recent 7-2 stretch.
The Cavaliers have lost 14 of their last 22 and rank third in the Eastern Conference, seven games behind the Celtics.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog